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Punta Rusia Tours

Punta Rusia
Punta Rucia, also sometimes spelled Punta Rusia, is a cape-end beach and fishing village in the Dominican Republic province of Puerto Plata. It is located near the town of La Isabela in the Bay of La Isabela. Diving and snorkeling are two popular pastimes along Punta Rucia. The shallow cove is quite serene and a great spot to look for colorful fish without the need to venture too far from shore. You can also grab a couple of friends and try a thrilling banana-boat ride.

If you are spending an afternoon in Punta Rucia, be sure to visit one of the area’s restaurants. Since it’s primarily a fishing village, seafood is a specialty here. Enjoy a beachfront lunch and take in the scenic views of the fishing boats that dot the waterfront. The tranquil village is also the jumping off point for many travelers who want to visit the nearby island of Cayo Paraiso. Cayo Paraiso, or Paradise Island, is a deserted island and natural sandbar located near Punta Rucia. Spend an afternoon snorkeling the crystal-clear lagoon and coral reef that surrounds the island.

Monte Cristi National Park, or Parque Nacional Monte Cristi, is also near Punta Rucia. One of the driest regions of the Dominican Republic, it’s worth exploring the mangroves and swamps, which attract birds like herons, brown pelicans and flamingos. Tours that visit Cayo Paraiso and Monte Cristi will also pass one of the most interesting natural landmarks – El Morro. El Morro is a 777-foot (237-meter) limestone mesa that juts up from the waters. Look for several nearby small islands as well. Los Cayos Siete Hermanos (The Seven Brothers Cays) are home to 10 different species of reptiles. 

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Cayo Paraiso is about a 25-minute boat ride from Punta Rucia, where tours depart.
Address: Punta Rusia, Dominican Republic
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Paradise Island

Paradise Island

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Experience life on a beautiful, deserted, tropical island during this full-day, guided tour that includes stops in Monte Cristi and a Dominican marketplace. Set off over the waves on a speedboat bound for the white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters of Cayo Arena. Snorkel to see the coral reef, swim in the sun, and enjoy refreshments on the island’s beach before heading to Monte Cristi National Park.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.13
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$85.13
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Cayo Arena, Paradise Island Tour

Cayo Arena, Paradise Island Tour

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Visit one of the most beautiful islands on the North Coast. Paradise Island will welcome you with turquoise water, white sand and colorful reef. Visit the Monte Cristi National Park where you can explore the mangrove jungle and see local wild life. After being collected from your hotel in Puerto Plata, Sosua or Cabarete, make your way to Punta Rucia and enjoy the amazing views of the lovely Dominican landscapes. Here, climb aboard a speedboat that will take you to Cayo Arena ( the local name of Paradise Island ) Upon arrival on the island, you will be welcomed by turquoise waters and white sand. Go ashore to sunbathe and explore or take a guided snorkeling tour during which you will see a variety of tropical fish and coral. Enjoy a selection of fresh fruits and drinks which will be served on the island. Before lunch, take a speedboat ride through the mangroves. On the way back we make a stop at a local market.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.13
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$85.13
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VIP tour to Paradise Island & The Mangroves

VIP tour to Paradise Island & The Mangroves

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This tour’s early start time means you’ll have the reef to yourselves before hordes of tourists arrive on Paradise Island. Snorkel among coral gardens filled with tropical fish, or choose to relax on the beach instead. You’ll also explore the mangrove forests at Monte Cristi National Park. On the way back, take a peek at the local manatee hangout. 
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$158.98
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$158.98
Taking safety measures

Paradise Island & Mangroves Tour

Paradise Island & Mangroves Tour

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Visit one of the most beautiful islands on the North Coast. Paradise Island will welcome you with turquoise water, white sand and colorful reef. Visit the Monte Cristi National Park where you can explore the mangrove jungle and see local wild life. After being collected from your hotel in Puerto Plata, Sosua or Cabarete, make your way to Punta Rucia and enjoy the amazing views of the lovely Dominican landscapes. Here, climb aboard a speedboat that will take you to Cayo Arena ( the local name of Paradise Island ) Upon arrival on the island, you will be welcomed by turquoise waters and white sand. Go ashore to sunbathe and explore or take a guided snorkeling tour during which you will see a variety of tropical fish and coral. Enjoy a selection of fresh fruits and drinks which will be served on the island. Before lunch, take a speedboat ride through the mangroves. On the way back we make a stop at a local market.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$85.13
From
$85.13
Taking safety measures

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